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Wearable Biosensors in Medical Applications

Achieving cooperation from even the most willing patients can be a challenge for medical professionals. Patients don’t always report their symptoms accurately and may fail to conduct prescribed monitoring tests at home. What’s more, many patients ignore or deny the initial signs of a health problem even when getting immediate care could improve their condition.

Biosensors present a viable solution to many of these challenges. Wearable electronic devices embedded in everyday objects can monitor a patient’s vital signs and detect important biological anomalies. For example:

  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood/Oxygen levels
  • Temperature

As medical costs drive prevention and early diagnosis, identifying and monitoring risk factors is key to reducing the cost of patient care. Real time monitoring holds the promise of improving patient outcomes by making the patient at stakeholder in their own care and treatment.

Medical biosensors can expedite identifying changes in physiology resulting in proactive, earlier treatment. With recent advances in technology, monitoring devices can be deployed with less cost than outpatient care. Burgeoning growth is expected through 2025, growing to $20 billion.

What is a Wearable Biosensor?

An electronic device that can continuously and non-invasively monitor and transmit physiological information qualifies as a biosensor, such as a smartwatch or athletic band that monitors heart rate. Advanced sensors can track targeted bio-markers resulting in better clinical understanding of disease.

Components of Wearable Biosensors

There are three main components of any medical biosensor:

  1. A bioreceptor that detects a body function or level of a biomarker and creates the related electrochemical or optical data.
  2. A transducer that translates this raw data to an electrical signal that can communicate the biological information.
  3. Electronic devices that amplify the signal and make it available to analytical software on

Benefits of Wearable Biosensors

Remote monitoring

Wearers don’t have to regularly connect to a computer to download information. The data is sent wirelessly for continuous control. There is less action required by the patient.

Patient buy-in

When people can monitor their own health markers, they are more proactive in their care. It also helps them to better adhere to prescribed medications and routines.

Better communication

Doctors don’t have to rely on a patient’s recollection or ability to describe how they felt—they can look at the data instead. This helps patients and doctors work together in personalizing treatment plans.

Early detection

Health issues can often be addressed before they balloon into a crisis. For example, warning signs like high blood pressure or irregular heartbeats can be detected and diagnosed.

Better medical records

Acquired data is saved for comparison in the future, and becomes part of the patient’s  medical record, thus reducing the need for retesting and the infrastructure to support it. Treatment and care is more immediate and reduces the burden on hospitals and clinics.

Wearable Biosensors in the Medical & Healthcare Industry

As screen-printed electrodes continue to make wearable biosensor devices smaller and able to provide more targeted data, the list of potential applications has increased dramatically. Today, we see medical professionals using wearable health monitoring for:

  • Tracking heart rates in cardiac patients even after they have been discharged from the hospital.
  • Monitoring stress levels in people with challenging occupations, such as military, law enforcement, miners, firefighters, and more.
  • Checking athlete health before, during, and after physical activity to ensure continued wellbeing and improve performance.
  • Monitoring vital signs in premature and newborn babies.
  • Observing wound healing and ensuring that there are no signs of infection.

In addition, wearable biosensors are finding their way into many new technologies, such as:

  • Smart watches, rings, and bracelets that check heart rate and pulse, among other vital signs.
  • Google smart lenses
  • Wearable glucose sensors that monitor blood sugar levels for diabetics.
  • Patches and temporary tattoos that contain biosensors for continuously monitoring vital signs in hospitals and at home.
  • Smart shirts and vests that detect vitals, activity levels, or damage such as bullet holes or wounds for law enforcement and military soldiers.
  • Q Sensors that detect subtle biological changes in autistic children to identify emotional shifts.

Screen Printed Electrode Biosensors from Techprint

Techprint is a leader in developing and manufacturing custom printed electrodes integrated into many wearable medical devices. We assist medical OEMs, product development firms, and biomedical contract manufacturers to create effective sensors and medical electrodes that detect biological and physical markers in patients. We are also an ISO 9001-2015, TUV-certified design and manufacturing facility.

To learn more about the services we offer, request more information or contact us today.

New FDA Stand-Alone Symbols on Labels Regulations

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ruled in favor of allowing companies to use graphical representation without added text on their products. This was done in part to bring more American companies in line with symbols that are currently being used in European and foreign markets. As more countries begin to use the graphic symbols, there will be increased cohesion between markets. The new ruling will go into effect on September 13, 2016.

Along with cohesion across markets, the FDA believes the new labeling will also save companies money in the long term. Instead of changing labeling over the years, the symbols will remain the same without a need to redesign a new one. The FDA has estimated medical device manufacturers will save between $7.7 and $25.5 million dollars over the course of 20 years.

The Standards Development Organization (SDO) has established labeling without explanatory text. If a company uses these symbols there will be further cohesion as they will be more convenient for companies to use, and it will give companies the ability to conserve resources. Should a company choose to use their own symbols, they are encouraged to make sure consumers will fully understand the symbols used. If there is any confusion; the company will be liable for any adverse events that occur due to misunderstanding of their symbol.

Along with each product, companies must also provide a glossary of the symbols and a description of where to find the glossary. Companies can further save money by offering the glossary online so they don’t need to worry about additional printing costs. This new FDA ruling gives companies an opportunity to save money in the future when they switch to a graphic symbol. Techprint

At Techprint we offer custom design and manufacturing for specialty graphics and printed electronic products.  We also offer sheet fed screen printing and roll to roll screen printing and converting to satisfy any label design requirements. To find out how Techprint’s capabilities can meet your needs, contact us.

Techprint Offers a Wide Range of Screen and Roll to Roll Printing Solutions

When it comes to versatility for industrial and commercial screen-printing, Techprint has the experience and equipment to satisfy a variety of product requirements. Their fully automatic, high speed screen-printing presses are specialized for printing onto a variety of plastic film materials, in both sheet and roll formats. They are able to print durable labels, graphic overlays, flexible circuits, membrane switches and printed electronics. When it comes to graphic printing, Techprint can print on any shape, size, and thickness, unlike other printers. Their high speed presses are able to handle large volume runs quickly and efficiently.

On the converting and fabricating side of things, Techprint offers everything from die cutting to laminating to fabrication and everything in between. Their state of the art equipment can also handle other print technologies. Whether it’s digital, silkscreen, flexographic, hotstamp, or thermal transfer, Techprint can give clients exactly what they’re looking for.

Techprint’s graphic and engineering design team works with clients in an effort to determine what will work best for them. Besides the wide range of printing options available, Techprint takes pride in being ISO9001 certified, and the company also adheres to standards and is certified by UL, CSA, IPC, ESD, and RoHS.

In addition to the vast array of screen printing and roll to roll screen printing, Techprint offers clients design engineering support, and prototypes to ensure clients get exactly what they’re looking for. High volume production is easy with inspection and quality controls in place. Should clients need a new or more modern product, they can help with redesigning what clients currently have or envision something completely new.

When it comes to screen printing and roll to roll printing, Techprint has the state of the art technology that companies are looking for. No job is too big, and their staff of professionals can help any company to look their best.